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Jul

Pope Benedict XVI contemplates beauty

Dominique Deming

Back in 2002, then-Cardinal Ratzinger gave a philosophical reflection on the nature of beauty, referencing St. Augustine, Plato, and Hans Urs von Balthasar, among others.

“The encounter with the beautiful can become the wound of the arrow that strikes the heart and in this way opens our eyes, so that later, from this experience, we take the criteria for judgment and can correctly evaluate the arguments. For me an unforgettable experience was the Bach concert that Leonard Bernstein conducted in Munich after the sudden death of Karl Richter. I was sitting next to the Lutheran Bishop Hanselmann. When the last note of one of the great Thomas-Kantor-Cantatas triumphantly faded away, we looked at each other spontaneously and right then we said: ‘Anyone who has heard this, knows that the faith is true.'”

You can read the entire reflection here: http://www.crossroadsinitiative.com/library_article/601/contemplation_of_beauty_cardinal_joseph_ratzinger.html.

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